[Reader-list] [Announcements] CFP on revisiting lexicons

sadan sadan at sarai.net
Tue Jan 20 02:21:28 IST 2004

March 4-6, 2004

Deadlin for abstract: February 7, 2004

Dear Colleague,

Department of Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, University of 
Delhi in collaboration with Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore is 
organizing a National Seminar on Revisiting Lexicons as Archives during March 
4-6, 2004. The Seminar intends to bring together scholars interested in 
ideological, theoretical and methodological issues related to the 
construction of information-codification processes of lexicons and 
lexicon-like texts.

Lexicon, a tool developed to cater to the needs of early colonial 
administration, in their project of translations and in understanding the 
terminology associated with indigenous practices of revenue and 
administration etc., remained as a highly effective tool of colonial 
administration. Whether it is the translation of religious literature or to 
say metaphorically, translating the colony itself, the lexicons have played a 
crucial role in controlling the colony. Similar to census, maps and museums 
(Anderson 1983), lexicons and similar information-codifications were 
extensively used to dominate and rule. There is a need to interrogate the 
issues associated with the theory, methodology and ideology of lexicons. In 
addition, there is also a need to look at the theory and methodology of 
indigenous lexicons and the new ones in a comparative perspective. Above all, 
the lexicons themselves form a body of archival material to understand and 
analyse the folk and cultural life of the country during the colonial rule. 
Lexicons could also metaphorically signify codified materials such as 
gazetteers, caste and tribe reports and compilation of information on craft, 
art and architecture. 

Abstracts of about 300 words are invited on the above theme of the Seminar. 
Any other topic of relevance to the theme of the Seminar is also welcome. The 
abstract should reach the Coordinators by February 7, 2004. Travel (A.C. III 
tier) and local hospitality will be provided by the organizers of the 
T.S. Satyanath				         B. Mallikarjuna
Dept. of MIL and LS		                 Academic Secretary
University of Delhi				 Central Institute of Indian Languages Delhi 110007								          
Mysore 570006 satyanath at vsnl.net	 mallikarjun at ciil.stpmy.soft.net
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